Aalto University School of Business

Master's Degree Programme in Creative Sustainability


The most significant development challenges of sustainability are associated with climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality as well as demographic changes and adaptation to rapid global economic changes. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education.

The International Master`s Degree Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint programme at School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. The CS programme is a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of business, design, architecture, landscape planning, real estate and urban planning. The students will graduate with degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science in Real Estate or Master of Science in Economics. The CS Programme is also offered as minor subject studies.

CS programme brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams. This aims to activate students to create new sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments.

Masters students of School of Business will gain knowledge on the management of organizations and work, and on the role of different actors of sustainability in promoting and bringing about more sustainable and fair societies. Sustainability concerns are introduced in this programme as an increasingly relevant context of both business and corporate social and environmental responsibility. For a School of Business student, Master’s Degree in CS will enhance the problem-solving skills, contribute to reflexive work practice and increase capabilities to promote business renewal and innovation.

Pedagogically the programme is built on interactive class work in small groups, guided reading and writing tasks, practical design and business development tasks in groups as well as problem-based co-operation with the non-academic actors of business, public administration and civic society.

Learning outcomes

Students learn to

  • understand the role of different stakeholders
  • analyze sustainability problems and engage with them in a constructive way
  • use participatory design methods
  • demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • know how different business models and organizational forms are being used to support sustainability and what is the role of explicit commitments to corporate social responsibility
Teaching ModeFull Time
Academic RequirementsAcademic background in business or economics
Length24 Months